"The beauty of holiness"

When David called upon men to "worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness," he presented a far-reaching, joy-inspiring possibility and privilege. He himself may not have more than glimpsed the magnitude of his proposal; but his words have, nevertheless, echoed down the ages, and men are still striving to render to God the worship due Him. They are also coming to see with ever greater clarity that "the beauty of holiness" is alone the sufficiently exalted consciousness wherewith to tender such homage, to fulfill such adoration.

In "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany" (pp. 196, 197), Mrs. Eddy tells us that "the beauty of holiness comes with the departure of sin;" while in "Retrospection and Introspection" (p. 32) she defines it as "the possibilities of spiritual insight, knowledge, and being." Here, then, are two important points to understand, if one is to attain that which offers even to the most careless thinker a vision of heavenly qualities: to depart from sin and to lay hold of "spiritual insight, knowledge, and being."

From the standpoint of Christian Science it is easy to recognize that both beauty and holiness, and certainly the coalescing of the two wherewith we are to worship God, can have nothing whatever to do with matter. Jesus said positively that they that worship the Father "must worship him in spirit and in truth."

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"I will fear no evil"
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